Trails and Terrain

Top Five Hidden Hikes in Vail

May. 30, 2016

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Contributed by Kristin Yantis

Donny Shefchik of Paragon Guides shares some of his favorite hikes in Vail.

Home to nearly 200 miles of trails, Vail offers a plethora of hiking experiences to choose from on Vail Mountain and throughout the surrounding Gore and Sawatch mountain ranges.

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Closing Weekend 2016

Apr. 15, 2016

Snowy weather in the forecast for 2015-2016 closing weekend.

We are getting ready to wrap up Vail’s 2015 – 2016 winter season. It’s been an incredible season with outstanding spring conditions that allowed us to extend the season by a week! Get all the details on closing weekend and thank you for joining us at Vail for another unforgettable year!

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Vail Mountain Extends 2015-2016 Winter Season

Mar. 29, 2016

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Extraordinary snow conditions allow for extra skiing and snowboarding.

With nearly two feet of snow in the last week, 25 feet so far this season and powder in the forecast, Vail Mountain will extend its scheduled closing date for the 2015/2016 winter season one week to April 17. The annual Spring Back to Vail event will occur as scheduled April 8-10, including a free concert at Solaris showcasing Chris Robinson Brotherhood on Friday night and the World Pond Skimming Championships on Sunday at the base of Golden Peak.

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Experience Terrain Based Lessons

Feb. 8, 2016

In Vail, CO

At Vail our lessons aren’t just for beginners learning art of the Pizza Vs. French Fries. We believe in being life-long learners, and we take that belief to the slopes. With offerings like our Max 3 Lesson and our terrain based learning approach, you can perfect your technique, become a master mountaineer and conquer all the terrain Vail has to offer.

Our Max 3 experiential lesson is considered to be the Masters Degree of skiing. Even the most experienced skiers will walk away from this day on the hill feeling more well versed skiing on all types of terrain, reading conditions, learning about their gear and how to combine their knowledge to have an incredible experience on the hill, no matter what the conditions are!

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Increased Weekly Grooming Acreage at Vail

Jan. 4, 2016
Night grooming on Vail Mountain, Colorado.

As the Senior Director of Mountain Operations, I am beyond excited to share with you a project that I am very passionate about and that our entire mountain operations staff has worked diligently on to research and implement.

At Vail Mountain this season, we have a goal of increasing the weekly grooming acreage by 2,000 acres per week. Historically, we have averaged between 7,000-9,000 acres per week of grooming, so we are aiming to boost that to 9,000-11,000 acres per week, an increase of 20 percent.

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Hiking & skinning Vail Mountain: a message from USFS and Ski Patrol

Nov. 18, 2015

Information for hiking and skinning up Vail MountainWith all this early season snow and opening day approaching Nov. 20, more and more people are strapping on their skins and snowshoes and heading up the mountain. Your cooperation with Vail Ski Patrol and U.S. Forest Service’s guidelines for safely skinning and hiking up Vail Mountain are what make the opportunity possible.

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A Short History of Grooming Snow

Oct. 1, 2015

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Vail’s grooming operations are unrivaled. With more cats in our fleet than any resort in the nation, the most groomable acres on the planet, and the sheer number and uniqueness of trails groomed, we take grooming very seriously – always have.

Vail has been at the forefront of modern day snow grooming right from the start. Even though forms of “grooming” snow have been practiced in Europe for hundreds of years – mainly by having horses haul heavy farming rollers – it wasn’t until the 1950’s, right here in Colorado, that snow grooming began as we know it today.

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